make money on fiverr

Here's how you could make over 100k on Fiverr monthly

Running a small business, blog or personal brand can be hard. And for people like me, that tend to do 1,000 things at the same time, it could get even harder. Especially when you try to do all the work yourself. But every once in a while, it dawns on you that you need help. Because truth is, not everything you can do is doable when you prioritize. And that's how I found Fiverr.

Before now, I had used upwork a lot, but I got a better deal on Fiverr once and used it a few more times. And during one of my searches, I realized there was a Nigerian on Fiverr with active gigs. This was a bit interesting for me, because I had only just learned of the platform. And to think someone was there not just as a buyer, but a seller, was interesting. So I got to work getting in touch with Nigerians on the platform. Basically trying to get a feel of what their experience was like. Their actual responses are at the end of this post

Here are the major takeaways.

Registering & Getting Gigs

Contrary to what I had initially thought, registering on the platform is quite straightforward. I already signed up myself as a buyer, and if the seller registration is similar, its seamless. Once I had gone through a few "gigs" as they call services provided by freelancers, I got a clear picture of the general idea.

According to the name, everything starts off at $5, except a few cases. So even if you're selling web design services, most people kick off with a $5 offer. And then they graduate it into different packages. For example, "I will build a one page website for you in 3 days" could be $5. The same freelancer will then have 2 upgraded packages. In one case, he could offer a 10 paged website for $20 and then unlimited for $100. But freelance services mostly start at $5

Now my major concern was if there was any kind of stereotyping as per Nigerian freelancers, but according to responses from most of the guys I contacted, there weren't at all. Now there might be a few cases, we can't completely rule that out, but for the most part, no one cares that your flag is green-white-green. Speak fluent English and you're mostly good.

Receiving Payments

Andddd... another pain point. PayPal still isn't open for businesses in Nigeria. And hopefully we'd get that soon, maybe after another petition. But at the moment, that method for receiving payments is crossed out. But from what I understood, people use the Payoneer to receive funds. Fiverr has some kind of connection to the Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard and can send your funds there.

Alternatively, if you're one to travel in and out of the country, you can always setup your business PayPal account and receive money through it. You'd figure out the withdrawing part right? ;)

One other thing to keep in mind here is the FX rates. Payments are made in dollars, so if you can somehow get the dollar value into a local account, you'd probably be getting very good bang for buck when you convert at the black market rates. All the more reason to be on Fiverr :) . And although none of our respondents hinted directly at that, I'm guessing it can be done. Check out their actual responses below

Responses from Nigerians on Fiverr

 

Meet Uche Maduagwu - Offers Design Services

Questions

  1. How long have you been on Fiverr?
  2. Have you ever had any Nigerian hiring you for a gig? Or they're all foreign gigs so far?
  3. How do you typically receive payment? Paypal?
  4. On your overall experience, what do you think of the platform? As a freelancer, is it very profitable to be on?

Response

1) I started fiverr 2014 after my service year. About 2 years ago but then I didn't have any skill to offer. So I took about 6 -8 months to gain a skill. So practically I started Fiverr fully in 2015. The skill I acquired was from YouTube and not from anybody. I just download YouTube videos related to what I do.  Though tedious but but I learnt a lot,  till date I am still learning...                        

2) I get more gigs from other countries. The only Nigerians that hired me, just few, are based in UK and USA. 

3) PayPal is banned in Nigeria so I only use it to buy things online not to receive payment. I receive payment using my Payoneer online account. They sent me a master card which I can use to withdraw in Nigeria or any part of the world irrespective of the countries currency.     

4)lolz, I reserve my comment.  But one is that it pays my rent and up keep monthly. So I don't touch my monthly salary from my place of work.... what I earn from Fiverr monthly, it's almost a bankers monthly salary when the dollar is converted to naira using a dollar to N200 exchage rate, not N400. I guess you understand me better now.

 

Meet Sarumi - Offers Statistical Services

Questions

  1. How long have you been on Fiverr?
  2. Do you usually get people from other countries hiring you? Or do you get more gigs from Nigerians?
  3. I noticed your gigs are mostly on math related topics, does that work really well? It's really interesting to see that someone can do that in freelance, I would never have guessed
  4. On your overall experience, what do you think of the platform? As a freelancer, is it very profitable to be on?

Response

  1. It's been like a year and 3 months now that have been on Fiverr.
  2. 80% of my clients are from United States while just 2 Nigerians have worked with me.
  3. It very interesting doing math online and so far have been doing well on average of 110k per month except when I'm on vacation.
  4. The platform is very okay and has helped a lot compared to odesk or elance. It's very easy to navigate.
  5. Payment options are paypal and Payooner.

 

Meet Blossom Jey - Offers Video Services

Questions

  1. How long have you been on Fiverr?
  2. Do you usually get people from other countries hiring you? Or do you get more gigs from Nigerians?
  3. How do you typically receive payment? Paypal?
  4. On your overall experience, what do you think of the platform? As a freelancer, is it very profitable to be on?

Response

  1. I've been on Fiverr for 11 months,
  2. I've never had an order from a Nigerian,
  3. I receive payments via PayPal (don't ask how),
  4. And Lastly, Fiverr is has been profitable to me as a Freelancer and also a student

 

Getting on Fiverr, the best practices

As a Nigerian getting on the Fiverr platform, there are a few things I can tell you for free. And I can say this because I've seen a few Nigerians on Fiverr doing weird things. Not to blame them though, but I think some are obvious. Lets get into it

1. Make your profile clean and professional

One of the first things people do before hiring on Fiverr is checking your profile out. Now if you sound too serious, they might flip out and run for the door. If you sound too casual, they'd think you're a faffer. Get a good mix. Spell out the services you offer in the most understandable manner you can so people know what you do. Once done, you can chip in some humor if its in you, but don't force it

2. Use a picture of yourself or an illustration

This part makes me plain mad. I see a few guys, like someone called "Deola" and it's a white man's picture, an old white dude. In my head I'm like "Why Deola? Why?" Be proud of who you are, and if you're not for some weird reason, at least use a simple vector image. Maybe something that really captures the services you offer. Someone else used a picture of a Nigerian celebrity, I think Kate Henshaw or so, don't remember clearly now. Just stick to you please :)

3. Have a few active gigs. Services people need

A lot of the Nigerian profiles I saw there didn't have any gigs. Maybe they just came to try out the platform, which might be fine, but it not, put up something. And be sure to offer services people actually want. And as much as you can, offer several services, which shouldn't be too hard. For example, someone who offers logo design services ideally should be able to make business card designs too. So why not include that as a service alongside, consider it an up-sell. In my opinion, the more gigs you have, the better your chances.

4. Get good reviews and provide good customer service

I'd tell you exactly what I do on Fiverr when looking for a freelancer. I search for my task, e.g. "intro logo animation", then I go ahead to mouse over every gig in the search results, looking for the one with the highest ratings first. Once I find a few, I click on their profiles, then go click on the "contact me" button, just to check their average response time.

Anyone above 4hrs doesn't cut it for me. And anyone without a review is obviously not an option. And if you do have reviews, 3 stars and below and I'm questioning your quality of work. I think this gives you an idea of how people will find you. Get good ratings, respond as quickly as possible.

And that's it! I'm writing about this because the freelance community in Nigeria is growing now, and we all need a place to sell our stuff. So try out Fiverr. And if you already do, let me know in the comments section, will be excited to hear your experience.


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Marketing TheNakedConvos - An Interview with Olawale Adetula

If you've ever dreamed of getting rich off a blog you don't have to put in too much work into, because it's kind of on auto pilot, you're not alone. But that's a rarity, most media publishers have put in night and day to get where they are. The only missing link is the stories we haven't heard, the hows and the whys.

So today we'd be talking to Olawale, the guy behind nakedconvos to find out a few things about how he handles marketing for his blog.

How did you start out marketing thenakedconvos? And when did it tip? What was that one event that you think made it "blow"?

We started marketing TNC from launch – that will probably sound strange to some considering the fact that we didn’t use any paid channel to promote the platform but with my experience in marketing, I know organic channels can just be as effective as paid channels especially when it comes to assets like a web publishing platform.
From get go, we had all our social media channels but because we were a startup, we had to prioritize based on our resources and our marketing objectives. At that point in time, all we wanted was to drive as many eyeballs to the site at little or no cost. Of all the channels, we noticed we always got that spike in numbers whenever we pushed using Twitter, so we decided to focus on Twitter.
We didn’t have a budget for paid promotion at the time so we had to think up creative ways to promote organically and this was in 2010/2011 when terms like influencer marketing and so on weren’t really popular here in Nigeria. But these were things already being experimented with abroad and we saw no reason not to try them out. So we invested heavy man hours in getting the few influencers present on Twitter back them to buy into our platform and once they did, they became our promoters indirectly. Again, this was easy then because our major objective was tied to driving traffic so all we had to do was create great content, share it with our promoters and leave the rest to them.
We only started doing paid promotion late 2014 and by then we had loads of options to choose from. Again, we let our objectives guide our decision and at that point, we noticed that it wasn’t even the online marketing channels that worked for us. We noticed more and more uplift as we did more and more offline events and so we focused on that for a while and I must say that really helped us to get a lot of people’s attention.

A lot of our readers are trying to grow their blog organically, did you try out anything technical from an SEO point of view? Is it still the same now? Do you have someone who works on it

We didn’t invest in channels like SEO initially, not because we didn’t know the important but mostly because again, we were a startup and proper SEO isn’t cheap and even if you decide to go about it yourself, it can be time consuming. More importantly, you need to ask yourself as a blog starting out, is that really what you need? Perhaps if you’re a blog dedicated to a really small niche, SEO would be extremely important for you when you start out but if you’re for instance, an entertainment news site looking to earn revenue from advert placement, you might want to invest in other marketing channels guaranteed to drive more eyeballs to your blog.
Once you’re done establishing some form of followership for your blog, you can then go back and start building links and doing as much as you can SEO-wise for your blog – at least this is what we did and this is what I’d recommend. Nowadays we have a team handling our marketing so we have more resources to deploy across different channels.

Do you use WordPress? Do you think the platform is good enough for you to scale your website? Or are you looking to bail at some point?

We used and extremely customized Wordpress version. I say extremely customized because developers who swear they know wordpress sometimes look at it and wont recognize it. We decided to stay with Wordpress not just because of its open source nature that allows anyone to contribute solutions but also because many Nigerians and indeed Africans are familiar with it and as a result, it made business sense for us to stick with the solution.

What impact do you think social media sharing has had on the website? Do you also run email marketing?

Social sharing is big for us. People literarily live on social media nowadays so bulk of our content is event consumed on social media sites, which is why sharing is important.
We keep this in mind when creating content and also making sure we have the tools to help people share easily present on our site.
Yes we also run email marketing, we have a 360 degrees approach to digital marketing where we try to cover as many channels as our resources can allow. Some people like receiving content via email where it is semi-curated for them and they don’t have to go on to the site and start looking for themselves and this makes email important.

What's the biggest traffic source for your website today?

For us, our direct channel is still our biggest traffic source – this is great testimony to the quality of content we have on the site and also our investment in SEO. People stumble on our site, fall in love and just keep coming back.


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Ever wondered what it's like to intern with Google Nigeria?

We had the rare privilege of interviewing the outgoing 2016 Google Business Intern at the Google Nigeria offce.

One of the first things you'd notice about Taslim is his casual / fun attitude towards work, something a lot of Nigerian companies hope to incorporate into their employee culture. And looking around the Google office, you can tell that's the same attitude everyone takes on here.

So we got down to asking some of the questions we thought you'd want answers to, and without further delay.

taslim okunola google business intern

 

1. How did you get into the Google Internship program? And how hard would you say the process is?

The Google Internship application is pretty straightforward. I applied and submitted my CV. Then, the recruiter reached out to me. After some back-and-forths, I did my interviews. And when I was least expecting, I got a congratulatory call from the team. And for the audience, the application for the Google Business Internship 2017 is open and you can apply here: https://goo.gl/q0QIcv

2. What part of the Google Business do you work with? And what is your daily routine like?

I work with the Large Customer Sales team. The Large Customer Sales team in Nigeria work closely with Nigeria’s biggest advertisers and agencies to develop digital solutions that build strong businesses and brands. In simple terms, we help businesses grow bigger and better. My daily routine actually looks like that of a business exec - morning coffee, meetings, interaction with clients, lunch, project work.

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3. As a part of the Google Student Ambassador program, what did you do? Would you say that impacted your selection as a Google Intern?

The Google Student Ambassador program reshaped me totally. It changed the way I was thinking about my career path. The program increased my thirst for knowledge as well as my zeal to grow student talents. When I was Google Student Ambassador in the Federal University of Technology Akure, I organized various free digital marketing workshops for students. In a year, I'd trained over 400 students across various cities. The program provided me with the necessary skills and experience I needed to take on any task.

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GOOGLE STUDENT AMBASSADOR TRAINING AT FUTA

4. The perks! What are the perks like? Travelling, food, working environment... tell us about all the extra stuff that comes with working with one of the world's most valuable companies

The best of the perks are not the free food. I think meeting very smart people is one of the best perks you get when you work at Google. I was able to meet and interact with great colleagues. This expanded my thinking around so many life concepts. By discussing with people that are way smarter than I am, I was able to learn more than I’d expect to learn.

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GOOGLE OFFICE, DUBLIN

5. Overall, what has your experience with Google been like? It's justifiably hyped everywhere in the world, what has been that one experience you've had that justifies all the hype

I will answer this in one sentence: “Google has given me the best 6 months so far.”

Have questions for Taslim? Drop them in the comments box below. I'd try to ensure he keeps an eye on them and responds. But don't be too nosy, keep them simple and non-intrusive :)